“I march because I am a woman today and I don't want tomorrow's woman to have the same struggles as mine”

Clariss Rufaro Masiya

Gender and Child rights activists

Location Icon Zimbabwe

About Me

I am a young woman from Zimbabwe whose area of expertise is Peace and Governance. My experience in local governance exposed me to some of the vulnerabilities and injustices women and girls encounter due to poor service provision and lack of voice in public spaces. I realized that were service provision is poor women suffer since their livelihood is centered around adequate water, health and sanitation facilities. I then shifted from Local governance to Civil Society with the intention of empowering women and girls on the importance of engaging in public forums and teach on reproductive health. I do a lot of my work in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3(Good health and wellbeing), 5(Gender Equality), 10 (Reduced inequalities) and 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). I also use poetry and spoken work as a means to raise social awareness on sensitive and burning issues that affect women empowerment and youth development. I have also had experience in Kenya as a Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC) participant, were I managed to learn better ways of improving my advocacy work and activism towards Women and Youth empowerment. I believe in teamwork, motivation and being open minded as important characteristics that influence positive change.

Communities I Identify With and/or Want to Collaborate With

Marginalized People
Youth and Minors

I Want to Take Action on

Access to Sanitation
Access to Water
Accountable Institutions
Children’s Rights
Civil Rights
Combating Rape
Economic Justice
Ending Poverty
Gender Based Violence
Girls’ Rights
Menstruation Rights / Accessibility
Mental Health
Peace and Non violence
Women’s Economic Security
Women’s Education
Women's Health
Women’s Representation
Women’s Safety
Workers’ Rights

Areas of Expertise

Abuse Prevention
Accountable Institutions
Chapter Leadership
Civil Rights
Conflict Resolution
Ending Violence
Event Organizing
Gender Equality
H.E.R.S. Framework
Non Violence
Reproductive Rights
Sustainable Development
Women's Health
Women’s Representation